- an almond-shaped part, as a tonsil.
- a ganglion of the limbic system adjoining the temporal lobe of the brain and involved in emotions of fear and aggression.
Origin of amygdala
Examples from the Web for amygdala
Psychopaths lack fear, conscience, and morality—functions critically subserved by the amygdala.
One limbic structure affected by this early maldevelopment is the amygdala, which generates emotions like fear.
His aorta and amygdala do not receive this information by automatic transfer.Does Fatherhood Make You Healthy?
September 29, 2011
That suggests that “the amygdala is quite sensitive to the quality of maternal care,” says Lupien.How Sad Moms Change a Child’s Brain
August 22, 2011
These feelings are stored separately, in the brain region called the amygdala.How to Erase Your Memories
November 7, 2008
The common English name is from the Latin amandola, corrupted from amygdala.The Nut Culturist
Andrew S. Fuller
- anatomy an almond-shaped part, such as a tonsil or a lobe of the cerebellum
Word Origin and History for amygdala
"the tonsils," 1540s (amygdal), from Latin, from Greek amygdale "almond" (see almond). The anatomical use is as a direct translation of Arabic al-lauzatani "the two tonsils," literally "the two almonds," so called by Arabic physicians for fancied resemblance. From early 15c. as amygdales "tonsils;" as "almonds" from mid-12c.
- One of two small, almond-shaped masses of gray matter that are part of the limbic system and are located in the temporal lobes of the cerebral hemispheres.amygdaloid nucleus
- The cerebellar tonsil.
- Any of the lymphatic tonsils.
- An almond-shaped mass of gray matter in the front part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum that is part of the limbic system and is involved in the processing and expression of emotions, especially anger and fear.